From “The Straight Man”

“To ignite curiosity” is the way our school’s mission statement starts, and maybe that’s why I was struck by this paragraph from Richard Russo’s novel, “Straight Man.”

“Even as a child, Julie was essentially uncurious. You could walk in the door with an aardvark on a leash, and she wouldn’t ask why, and I suspect this lack of curiosity was, more than anything else, the reason Julie was never much of a student. Ninety percent of answering questions is anticipating which ones will be asked, having a sense of what’s important, being interested enough in something to pose the question for yourself in advance. Julie, I would guess, has never guessed a test question in her life.”


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